Tarangire Safari Lodge is set on the edge of an escarpment within Tarangire National Park.
Tarangire Safari Lodge: Our full report
Tarangire Safari Lodge is a substantial lodge situated 10km inside the main gate of Tarangire National Park, close to the park's main airstrip, Kuro Airstrip. It was originally built in 1970 and so it's one of the oldest lodges in the park, and its position on the escarpment ridge gives it impressive views over the baobab and acacia woodlands down to the Tarangire River – but also places it in the heart of the park's busiest area.
The main areas at Tarangire Safari Lodge consist of a central lounge/bar area where chunky wooden chairs and coffee tables provide a place to relax before dinner. A stone veranda wraps around this area and has truly stunning views; it's a very peaceful spot to enjoy a sundowner. The dining room, just off the main lounge/bar area, is fairly large and perfectly adequate, but relatively characterless.
Outside the main entrance there is a shaded area that has informative notice boards and a very detailed map of the park. Tarangire Safari Lodge also has a small shop stocking a range of curios, and a swimming pool surrounded by sunloungers, which are very welcome in the heat of the day. There's also a slide into the pool which the children were enjoying on our last visit.
The 'rooms' at Tarangire Safari Lodge consist of 35 tents and five bungalows, divided into two wings of 13 tents on the right of the main area, and five bungalows and the rest of the tents on the left.
Each of the tents is suspended under thatch and is fairly simple. The beds can be either doubles or twins, and you'll find a writing desk, space to store luggage and a couple of bedside tables. The bathroom is at the back of the tent, behind a zipped canvas partition. Here there is a single sink, a hot and cold shower and a flushing toilet, these last separated by a curtain for privacy.
The circular bungalows are constructed from stone and thatch, and each houses three beds, so they're a good option for families. They have spacious bathrooms with proper closing doors, and the windows are glass slats covered with mosquito gauze, so you can open them to let in the breeze. The bungalows are large enough that extra beds can be added to make a triple or quadruple room.
All these rooms at Tarangire Safari Lodge are kitted out with basic toiletries, a torch, insect repellent, a whistle for attracting attention and an umbrella.
It's worth noting that the lodge tries hard to be wheelchair friendly for active, disabled visitors, and most of their rooms and communal areas are on one level.
In 2013 the lodge added a spa – effectively a small room with a massage table – which offers a range of massages and treatments overlooking the Tarangire River.
Our viewTarangire Safari lodge's size means it is impersonal compared with some of the smaller bush camps, but then it's also less costly. It has a lovely location with stunning views – but this is a busy area where you'll see a lot of other vehicles and visitors. It is well geared for children, so could be a great option for families on a budget.
Ideal length of stay: 2–3 nights to explore the Tarangire River area. Many lower-budget safaris stop here for just one night; we think that would be far too rushed for comfort – and would restrict all drives to the busy area around the lodge.
Accessible by: Fly-and-Transfer
Food & drink
Usual board basis: Full Board
Food quality: On our last visit in November 2015 we didn't have a chance to try the food at Tarangire Safari Lodge. However, the manager told us that breakfast, lunch and dinner are all self-service buffets. They describe their food as 'international cuisine'. They can cater for special dietary requirements with advance notice.
Complimentary tea and coffee are available throughout the day at the bar.
Dining style: Individual Tables
Dining locations: Indoor Dining
Drinks included: Drinks are an extra cost.
Further dining info: Not possible.
Attitude towards children: The camp welcomes children.
Property’s age restrictions: There is no minimum age at Tarangire Safari Lodge.
Special activities & services: Tarangire Safari Lodge serves a special children's meal at an earlier time. They also have a pool with a slide and child minding can be arranged.
Equipment: They can provide cots and highchairs on request.
Generally recommended for children: Tarangire Safari Lodge is well geared towards children. However, it's important to note that the camp is still wild, and game does wander through – so we'd only recommend it for mature children over the age of 8.
Notes: Parents must note that children are their responsibility at all times.
Power supply: Generator
Power supply notes: Batteries can be cahrged when the generator is on between 05:45-10:00 and 18:00-23:00.
Communications: There is WiFi in the lounge area.
TV & radio: There is no TV or radio here.
Water supply: Borehole
Water supply notes: Bottled water is supplied for drinking.
Health & safety
Malarial protection recommended: Yes
Medical care: Tarangire Safari Lodge has a basic first-aid kit.
Dangerous animals: High Risk
Security measures: They have askaris (Maasai guards) on guard at night.
Fire safety: There are fire extinguishers dotted around the lodge.
Disabled access: On Request
Laundry facilities: Laundry is available at an extra cost. It is hand washed and line dried so will take a day, dependent on the weather.
Money: There are no safes in the tents or bungalow, but you can give any valuables to reception for safe keeping.
Accepted payment on location: Tarangire Safari Lodge accepts payment in cash – either US dollars or pounds sterling. You can also pay with Visa and MasterCard with a 3% surcharge.